Pa. trying to keep Avian flu out of midstate farms

Written by Nick Weiss and Radio Pennsylvania | Jul 25, 2015 8:00 AM


Photo by Kate Penn, York Daily Record / Sunday News

(Harrisburg) -- Pennsylvania is working to keep the Avian flu out of the state.

Tens of millions of birds on Midwest poultry farms have been destroyed due to the outbreak.

In the 1980s, an outbreak hit the commonwealth, and state Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding says his agency is leaning on that experience.

"At that time, we moved the dead birds from farm to landfill. A mistake, because in that move, you're actually moving the virus down the road," says Redding.

"Well it's a huge challenge. In contrast, back in the 1980's when we experienced a high path AI, that was strictly on the ground, meaning it was contacted on the ground and not in the air. It's migratory birds that are really transmitting the virus," he adds.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is encouraging farmers to implement all biosecurity measures in protecting their birds, including keeping their facilities clean and ensuring new birds added to the flock are free of disease.

In some stores, the price of eggs is up almost 85 percent since May.

Chicken costs more as well.

Indiana is the nearest state with a confirmed case.

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